My road in life took a while to figure out.
First, I attended a year of community college in Alabama.
Then, at 19 years old, I moved to California. I initially attended Cypress Community College. I took a psychology course and fell in love with the subject.
Then, I went to Cal State University, Fullerton, pursuing a bachelor's in Psychology. I graduated in 1992.
I then pursued a master's in counseling at the same university. I graduated in 1995.
After moving back to Alabama, I completed my doctorate in Psychology at the University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa in 2002.
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High School
Psychology, General
California State University, Fullerton
Counseling Psychology
California State University, Fullerton
The University of Alabama


Marriage & Family Therapist, Professor

Counselor at my own private practice and teach psychology at a college level.

Career Roadmap

My work combines:
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Accomplishing Goals

Day to Day

On a typical day, I drop my children off at school and head to my office. From there, I manage my online classes and respond to e-mails, communicating with students and clients on top of grading papers. I then take 6-7 virtual counseling appointments. After that, I take the rest of the day to relax, exercise, and spend time with my family.

Advice for Getting Started

Here's the first step for college students

I recommend getting as much education and knowledge as possible to break into the world of Psychology, attaining degrees, and further insight out of school as you progress in the world of higher education. My path is fairly straightforward.

Recommended Education

My career is related to what I studied. I'd recommend the path I took:



The Noise I Shed

From Teachers:

"Some of the noise I heard was from my professors. They told me I was not going to succeed in their specific course or program as a means of intimidation but I made it a point to prove them wrong. "

Challenges I Overcame



How did you choose your major? Were you set on Psychology or did you choose from several majors?

Asked by Shahzad at CSUF

Samuel responded that after he took a psychology course at Cypress Community College, he fell in love with the subject. He wanted to help people solve their issues and his own personal issues.

What were the differences attending college in California compared to Alabama?

Asked by Shahzad at CSUF

Samuel noted the diversity present in students and faculty in California was the biggest difference and something he truly loved about going to CSUF. In Alabama, the diversity was lacking and he noted none of his professors looked like him.

What helps you thrive and motivates and drives you to do what you do?

Asked by Shahzad at CSUF

Samuel noted that impact and making a difference in people's lives is what brings him satisfaction. Seeing that he was able to help someone make a significant difference in their life, or solve a marital or personal issue is what motivates him.

How has being able to look into so many different walks of life affected you as a person?

Asked by Shahzad at CSUF

Samuel stated he is very sensitive to people's needs, issues, cultures, and religions. Getting to know so many people has kept him very open-minded and provided him with a lot of insight and understanding of people different than himself.

Was there anything you stressed about in the moment that turned out not to be a big deal at all?

Asked by Shahzad at CSUF

Samuel responded that his past relationship when he was younger added a lot of stress onto his life and was unhealthy. It took him through a lot and caused him a lot of difficulties. As he looks back on it now, it no longer is a big deal to him.

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